I visited a friend yesterday and was sent home with two grocery bags full of fresh picked cherries from her mother’s tree. Even after setting some aside to share with friends & family, there was no way Luke and I would be able to eat them all before they went bad. I decided a cherry pie was in order.
The most labor intensive part of making a cherry pie is pitting the cherries. We had a cherry tree in our backyard when I was a child so I’m sure I’ve done it before. However, I had no recollection of the best way to go about this and decided to consult Chef Google. The best options I found were to use a chopstick or frosting tip to push the pit out. Lots of cherry juice and smashed cherries later, I decided cutting the cherry in half and digging the pit out with my fingers was more effective. Of course that got old after just a few minutes. “There has got to be a better way!” I thought to myself, glancing around my kitchen. And there is! Enter the reusable straw.
How to Pit a Cherry
- Remove the stem from your cherry.
- Using one end of a reusable plastic straw, puncture the top of the cherry where the stem was located.
- Flip the cherry over and press the straw firmly into the bottom of the cherry.
- Voilà! The pit will pop out of the “top” where the stem was previously located.